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Every once in awhile while the kids are at school or soccer practice, or maybe you have a free lunch break at work, it's nice to have a book to read that can help you with ideas rejuvenate your family. Here are some books on a range of topics that I have found enlightening.

Here are some of my favorites in the genre:

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Nutrition is an important subject for parents. With growing concerns about obesity and unhealthy fast foods, The Vegetarian Motherís Cookbook by Cathe Olsen offers vegetarian recipes that are healthy choices for "pregnant and breastfeeding women and their families." Each recipe includes complete nutritional information. Even if your family is not vegetarian, this cookbook offers mouth-watering alternatives that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy. You can't miss with yummy dishes like "Whole Grain Pancakes" and "Rice and Bean Casserole." As winter weather approaches, your family will devour the "Chunky Vegetable Soup." It is possible to be healthy and delicious


Joyful Parenting by Gail Small is an uplifting book offering a unique perspective on parenting, and what children really need to live meaningful lives. A seasoned teacher, Small shares numerous anecdotes from inspirational people, as well as touching stories from her own experiences. She encourages parents to be flexible, and help their children become independent thinkers through creativity and making positive choices. In today's competitive world of pushing children to succeed, Joyful Parenting is a breath of fresh air.


Let's face it - the teen years can be a challenge, even for the most steadfast parents. Most teens experience some struggles with teen angst, rebellion, or social struggle. Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind (Paperback) Michael J. Bradley, guides parents through the teen years with a helping hand. Bradley educates parents about the difference between typical teen behavior, and more serious behavior requiring professional intervention. Most importantly, this book offers hope for parents who worry about the best way to help their kids through these tumultuous times.

There are numerous books that educate and inform parents. The right books can help parents create healthier, happier families.

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Like A Maccabee - This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. www.BarbaraBietz.com and blog - Talking about great kid's books and sharing ideas about writing for kids. http://barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com/
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